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The Drive will mount on your MAC desktop as shown here.

Next step is to backup this data on this SSD drive. "Clone" it to another hard drive.

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Make a new folder called "Day 1 Card 1" for example and copy the FILES exactly as they are on the source to the backup folder. Make Sense!!!

Repeat for every SSD Card you shoot on.

After the backup open the files on the drive and make sure they play okay and also check the frame rate and aspect ratio.

Open the files in Quicktime Player and choose >Window>Show Movie Inspector

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The file properties should be exactly like this frame grab to the right

FPS 23.98

Format Apple ProREs 422 HQ 3840 x 2160

Now check the SD Back up recording

Insert card in card reader and it'll mount to the desktop

Copy the contents of the card to this folder exactly as they are on the card
Copy the "Private" folder to the Card folder on the backup Hard DriveChoose Transcode
Select the hard drive to store the transcoded files.
Choose to keep the sources frame rate
Target Video Resolution DNxHR LB MXF
Convert the audio to 48K 24Bit
Click Transcode

The resulting file will be the same raster size but will now be an AVID DNxHR Codec.

Attach the lens Line up the White Dot on the Lens and turn clockwise to secure

To remove the lens when you are finished there is a "Release" button on the camera.

and turn the camera on

Open the door for the SD card and

Insert the card in the card slot

Make sure the Camera is set to Video on the Dial on top of the camera

Press the Menu button

This dial will navigate the menus

The menu settings referenced in this Wiki are for Version 3.0 of the Firmware on the Sony A7S II

Firmware changes sometime move the menu items so we may be one off on some of the menu settings.

The setting will be close in number to the referened menu so you may have to look for it.

The dial on the right of the screen will also navigate the menus and pressing the inner button will select the menu item.

Scroll horizontally to the "Toolbox" icon menu and then scroll over to tab #7 and then scroll down to the "Setting Reset" and press the inner button to select the menu.

Choose the setting "Camera Settings Reset"

Press the inner dial to select this.

Choose OK to Reset the Camera Settings. Camera will reboot and reset the menus to default.

First Scroll horizontally to the "Toolbox" icon menu and then scroll over to tab #2

Then navigate down to the Pwr Save Start Time and set it to 5 Min from the default 10 seconds

Next we need to format the SD cards.
Scroll horizontally to the "Toolbox" icon menu and then scroll over to tab #5 and then scroll down to "Format" and press the inner button to select the menu.

All Data will be deleted and click "Enter" to begin the formatting of the card.

The Formatting will take a few seconds.

Next go to the "Camera" icon Menu Tab and choose page #2 of that menu

File Format choose AVCHD

File Format choose XAVC S 4K if you want to record UHD

XAVCS HD if you want to record HD

Now change the Record Setting by selecting it

Choose 24P 100M

These are the recommended recording settings here

File Format> XAVC S 4K
Record Setting 24p 100M

Leave the Dual Video REC "off"

Scroll over to the "Toolbox" icon and then down to Menu #3 HDMI 4K Output

Turn on to 24 P

Click OK here you can't record in 4K to the cards and the SSD

Scroll over to the "Toolbox" icon and then down to Menu #4 HDMI Settings

HDMI Resolution = Auto

Select 24/60P Output

Change it to 24

HDMI Resolution - Set to Auto

Select the HDMI Info Display

Make sure it is Off

Select the TC Output

Make sure it is ON

Next Choose REC Control >Select it

REC Control = Make sure it is ON


If you want to record Slog you need to set the camera profile to record Slog.

Set the Camera to the Camera Icon > Menu >#5>Picture Profile

Choose PP7 for Slog2 and PP8 for Slog3

Here we chose Slog 3 PP8

Choose the PP8 or similar and if you click the "Wheel" on the right hand side

It'll show you the settings

Here the settings for "PP8" show the Gamma and Color Mode are set for S-Log

Double check before connecting the Ninja is on the A7s turn selection dial to the Video Icon on the top of the Camera shown here.

Next Step is to setup the Ninja Flame

This is how it looks in the case - Make sure you put it back this way!!

Put the batteries in the Ninja shown here

You will need the HDMI adapter that comes with the A7s and a HDMI normal cable

The cage for the A7s II has a cage on it.

You will need to loosen the screws so that you can fit the HDMI cable into the camera

Then Tighten the screws to hold the cable in place.

Connect the other end of the HDMI cable into the "In" on the Ninja Recorder

Put the SSD drive into the recorder shown here.

Turn it on with the power button on the side of the Ninja "Flame"

Click here to format the card

Choose the disk and then "Format Media"

Click on Format again to start the formatting of the card.

Click on the "Codec" to change the Recording format

Choose the Recording Format and then click OK to apply the settings

Click on HDMI to change the trigger settings

Make sure HDMI is selected and Trigger is ON

That is all the settings for the Ninja.

The on screen scopes can be turned on and off.

Usefull to see the image properties.

Click on the Vectorscope Icon to get the scopes to show on screen.

When you click on the icon shown here it'll turn on the scope of choice.

Same thing to turn off click on the scope to toggle it off.

Test the camera recording. When you hit record button on the camera the Ninja should start recording too.

This will record to both the SD card and the Ninja Recorder



The Red outline around the image on the Ninja shows you are recording.

Tap the screen to remove the overlays.

Click on Play to play the footage.

Connect the SSD Drive Caddy to the sled and the sled connects via USB to the computer. Copy file straight off for import into AVID, Premiere.

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Back up the contents to another hard drive with the file structure exactly as it is on the card.

  1. Make a folder on the backup HD and call it "Card 1 – Day 1" or similar

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To process the files into the Editing Application - AVID

Open AVID Media Composer

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Make sure the project is saved to your HD and then select New Project

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Name the Project and choose UHD 23.976P

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Go to > Tools > Source Browser

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Navigate to the folder containing the Ninja files if you recorded to the Ninja Recorder (Most Common) Workflow

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Navigate to the SD Card Backup Folder and choose the >Private>
M4ROOT folder and choose Link

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Select the files you want to use in the project and transcode them to work in AVID for offline editing.

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Once selected choose >Clip>Consolidate/Transcode

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Will also have a .new extension (these are the files you want to use for editing)

Do the same transcoding process to all the camera files you want to use in your AVID project.

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